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Hall deputy indicted on bribery, drug charges

A Hall County deputy was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury on charges of accepting bribes and conspiring to possess and distribute marijuana.

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Changes likely coming to Gainesville's alcohol ordinance

Gainesville City Council will vote when it meets Tuesday on several proposed changes to Gainesville’s alcohol ordinance, which are meant to promote new businesses and mirror state regulations.

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Senate passes bill requiring coverage for autism therapy

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Drug agents try to dismantle probably meth lab in Dawson County

Drug agents were on the scene Wednesday of what they are calling a methamphetamine lab at a home on Hanging Dog Road in southeastern Dawson County.

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Katrina Holbrook joins elections board

Chief Registrar and Chairwoman Glenda Ferguson is no longer the only woman in Dawson County on the Board of Elections and Voter Registration board.

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Sheriff’s Office asks public for help in returning military items, jewelry

Sheriff’s Office asks public for help in returning military items, jewelry

Investigators with the Hall County Sheriff’s Office are seeking the public’s help to hopefully get some pieces of jewelry back to the rightful owners.

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Riverbrook Village finally breaking ground

Riverbrook Village finally breaking ground

After years of court battles, a stagnant economy and other delays, more than $1 million in site improvements — including runoff protection fencing and road preparation — are beginning for the Riverbrook Village mixed-use development on Thompson Bridge Road at Ga. 136/Price Road.

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Gainesville officials remain skeptical of drive-thru proposal

Gainesville City Council expressed concern Thursday that a proposal to build a drive-thru restaurant and small retail outlet at the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Virginia Circle remains incompatible with the adjacent residential neighborhood.

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Save Our Sons Night to ask fathers to engage with sons

Across the nation next Friday, fathers will make an effort to save their sons.

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Gas tax plan for transportation upsets local officials

Area government officials are up in arms over the state’s proposed transportation bill, which calls for shifting all sales taxes at gas pumps to state coffers, ending the share that local governments, including schools, would get.

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Gainesville officials skeptical of drive-thru proposal

The Gainesville City Council expressed concern Thursday that a proposal to build a drive-thru restaurant and small retail outlet at the intersection of Thompson Bridge Road and Virginia Circle remains incompatible with the adjacent residential neighborhood.

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Chick-fil-A building new location on Dawsonville Highway

Chick-fil-A building new location on Dawsonville Highway

Chick-fil-A lovers rejoice. The wildly popular but cramped Pearl Nix Parkway eatery is moving to a new and larger location on Dawsonville Highway this summer.

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Lanier Tech’s best teachers, students discuss advantage of education

Lanier Tech’s best teachers, students discuss advantage of education

Christian Tetzlaff teaches at a technical college because he wants to give people the skills that helped save his father’s life.

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 Hall County, Gainesville school superintendents thank community mentors for service

Hall County, Gainesville school superintendents thank community mentors for service

All that children need to succeed is one adult who cares about them.

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Badge and Bar: Defendants to be tried separately in West Avenue slaying

The two co-defendants accused in a West Avenue shooting death have been severed and will be tried separately, according to court documents.

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Louis Smith picked to lead Northeast Georgia Medical Center

A hospital executive from Texas has been named president of Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

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Flowery Branch’s Tarik Jalil wins trip to Super Bowl

Flowery Branch’s Tarik Jalil wins trip to Super Bowl

Tarik Jalil has got a smile to light up a room.

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Relay for Life moving to new home at UNG

The organization that moves to end cancer is now making a move of its own.

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House transportation plan would replace fuel sales tax with excise tax

Georgia House leaders have announced a plan they say funnels $1 billion toward the state's transportation needs.

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Wal-Mart opens 2 new grocery stores in Gainesville

Wal-Mart opens 2 new grocery stores in Gainesville

Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market opened two stores in Gainesville Wednesday to cheerleaders, high school bands and jazz musicians.

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Eyes on the Road: New DOT official concentrates on upcoming hurdles

 The appointment of Russell McMurry as Georgia’s roads chief turned a few heads last week.

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Volunteers needed for upcoming CASA training

Volunteers are needed to look after the best interest of local abused and neglected children.

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West Hall seventh-grader wins county spelling bee

After many rounds of intense competition, Emily Wood won the Hall County School District spelling bee with the correct spelling of “goatee.”

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Lakeview to honor Addi Bales' fight against cancer Friday

Lakeview to honor Addi Bales' fight against cancer Friday

Cancer is a tough opponent.

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Warren Lee Hill executed for killing fellow inmate




Hall County blames audit delay on housing grant

A housing program with strict reporting standards is to blame for Hall County missing a deadline to submit its annual audit to the state, according to local officials.

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Last year's 'snowmageddon' pushed improvements

Last year's 'snowmageddon' pushed improvements

North Georgia may have dodged the snow-and-ice bullet so far this year, but officials say they’re in better shape in case the region is blasted by a storm like the “snowmageddon” that struck on this day last year.

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Relay for Life moving to University of North Georgia Gainesville campus

The University of North Georgia Gainesville campus will host the 2015 Relay For Life of Hall County.

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Cumming man arrested after $25K in drugs found

Cumming man arrested after $25K in drugs found

A Cumming man was arrested Monday and charged with trafficking methamphetamine in Oakwood after investigators found 250 grams of the substance.

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Road crews monitoring winter weather in mountains

Winter weather affected roads in the Gaps of Lumpkin, Towns, Union and White counties this morning, but snow has stopped falling and crews are now just monitoring the situation.

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Suspect identified in hit-and-run that injured homeless bicyclist

Suspect identified in hit-and-run that injured homeless bicyclist

A suspect in a hit-and-run that sent a homeless man to the hospital in critical condition has been identified by Oakwood police as Deboris Joshua Owens, 26, of Gainesville.

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Clermont elections set for Nov. 3

Clermont Town Council has set its 2015 election for Nov. 3.

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The Local Agenda: Georgia's senators introduce Fair Tax Act of 2015

Georgia Republican U.S. Sens. David Perdue and Johnny Isakson recently introduced the Fair Tax Act of 2015, which seeks to eliminate income taxes, abolish the Internal Revenue Service and enact a national sales tax.

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Oakwood City Council OKs Nov. 3 election

Oakwood City Council gave its final OK on Monday night to a Nov. 3 election filling four council seats.

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North Hall prepares for new theater while East Hall still waits

North Hall prepares for new theater while East Hall still waits

North Hall musicians, singers and thespians will soon have a state-of-the-art performing arts center, but East Hall performers will have to wait longer for the same facility.

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Gainesville man accused of rape at Hall campground

Gainesville man accused of rape at Hall campground

Investigator Scott Ginn testified Monday that a 60-year-old Gainesville man raped a 20-year-old woman with an intellectual disability.

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Vision 2030 group touts trails development

Area government leaders wanted a community group to step up and shepherd putting plans into action for a Hall County

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Poultry expo commands expanded trade show floor

ATLANTA — The International Production & Processing Expo opened this week to a greatly expanded trade show covering three halls of the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

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Report: Home market trends up across state

Steady and stable.

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Missing Buford man's family raises reward to $50K

Missing Buford man's family raises reward to $50K

The family of a missing Buford man last seen three weeks ago is hoping a bump in the reward money will bring the needed information to find him.

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Lula in somber mood in wake of councilwoman’s death

Lula in somber mood in wake of councilwoman’s death

The flag was at half-staff at Lula City Hall on Monday and a memorial wreath hung on the building’s front door, stark reminders this small town on the Hall-Banks county line was deep in mourning for one of its most energetic leaders.

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Student arrested after drugs, knife found at East Hall High

Student arrested after drugs, knife found at East Hall High

A 17-year-old was found with drugs and a razor knife at East Hall High School on Friday, according to school officials.

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Gainesville First United Methodist Church ignites hope with new youth wing

Gainesville First United Methodist Church ignites hope with new youth wing

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Class Notes: Hall County considering ‘magnet school’ distinction

Hall County Schools has all but ruled out becoming a charter system, but the Board of Education did weigh another option at its January meeting.

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Agencies work to count homeless, secure funding for programs that help them

Agencies work to count homeless, secure funding for programs that help them

The past few days have broken a cold, wet spell in the region, but it’s only small relief for many of Hall County’s homeless.

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'Average Joe' has voice in area transportation group

Government planners and engineers aren’t the only ones putting road projects under a microscope.

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Snow flurries could fall in North Georgia early Monday

After a sunny, pleasant Sunday, commuters in North Georgia might be battling snow by Monday morning.

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Centennial Arts Academy to help Dunwoody school after fire

After a fire suspiciously started in a Dunwoody kindergarten classroom, more than half the school was damaged by flame, smoke, water and soot.

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Business, new road part of several recent changes to Oakwood

Business, new road part of several recent changes to Oakwood

Construction is well underway on the new Milton Martin Toyota dealership in Oakwood, one of several changes to the landscape in that part of the city.

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Play it safe: Don’t attract rabid animals

Play it safe: Don’t attract rabid animals

Feeding a beloved pet outside seems a common thing to do, but it could lead to a dangerous situation — an animal infected with rabies may venture into the yard.

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Cagle: Education drives Ga. economy as 'great equalizer'

Cagle: Education drives Ga. economy as 'great equalizer'

In his speech at the state Capitol prior to the inauguration of Gov. Nathan Deal earlier this month, Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle talked a lot about moral responsibility.

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Local law agencies struggle to balance racial makeup, add bilingual officers

Local law agencies struggle to balance racial makeup, add bilingual officers

When law officers respond to a crime scene, language barriers can slow down an investigation if no translators are available.

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Proposal may give students early access to college

Dual-enrolled students who are ready for college arguably are wasting some time in high school.

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GOP presses state bills limiting gay rights before ruling




Kits available to help in case child goes missing

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Youth bowlers raise funds for 6-year-old with special needs

Youth bowlers raise funds for 6-year-old with special needs

The young bowlers of the Northeast Georgia Youth Bowling League normally spend this time of year practicing for upcoming competitions and raising money to pay for the trips.

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2 men safely escape morning house fire

Two residents escaped an early morning house fire without injury south of Gainesville.

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Schrader reflects on 10 years as president of growing Brenau University

Schrader reflects on 10 years as president of growing Brenau University

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Small battles emerge as development returns

Small battles emerge as development returns

First, there are the traffic studies and plan reviews and recommendations. Then comes the inevitable backlash, the protest of residents fearing a hit to their quality of life.

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Hall County Green Alliance keeps it green with annual awards

Hall County Green Alliance keeps it green with annual awards

The day was gray and gloomy, but a group of dedicated community members and volunteers have proven that Hall County is nothing but green.

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No one hurt in small fire at Church's restaurant

Gainesville fire crews quickly put out a fire Friday night at the Church's Chicken on E.E. Butler Parkway.

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Gainesville Police looking for man missing since June

Gainesville Police are looking for a man who has been missing since June 7 after a fight in the Skelton Road area.

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Vehicular homicide charges filed in councilwoman’s death

Vehicular homicide charges filed in councilwoman’s death

The Gainesville man charged for driving under the influence in a crash that later killed a Lula councilwoman now has been charged with vehicular homicide.

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Rabid skunk found in Lula; 2nd animal to test positive this month

A skunk has been tested positive for rabies following contact with two dogs in the Grove Street area of Lula.

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Former jailer claims religious off-duty activities led to firing

A former Hall County Jail employee claims a religious Facebook page he ran called Revival 172 and related materials led to the end of his employment Tuesday.

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Cold rain could turn to snow in mountain areas overnight

A late January snowstorm such as the one that paralyzed North Georgia almost a year ago isn’t in the forecast, but some areas could see a bit of a wintry mix late tonight.

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East Hall Middle needs community votes for $200,000 contest

The school entered the Follett Challenge, a program that rewards schools for their efforts to use creativity and technology in the classroom.

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Flowery Branch City Council OKs sales tax agreement with Hall County

Flowery Branch City Council members have approved an intergovernmental agreement with Hall County for participation in an upcoming sales tax referendum.

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Law enforcement, clergy in Gainesville discuss training, community concerns

Law enforcement, clergy in Gainesville discuss training, community concerns

Two Marines sat across from each other Thursday night at Antioch Baptist Church in Gainesville.

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East Hall High symphony to perform for state educators

East Hall High symphony to perform for state educators

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Man suffers moderate burns in East Hall County house fire

A man suffered “moderate burn injuries” and was flown to Grady Burn Center in Atlanta after a house fire Thursday in East Hall County, a fire official said.

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Hall County commissioners change policy to open work to retirees

Hall County officials have made a policy change that will allow some retirees to continue working part time while also collecting pensions.

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Ga. Gov. Nathan Deal wants more education opportunities for inmates

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Dawsonville teen Hunter Hicks charged as adult in molestation case


Lula councilwoman dies following Jan. 10 wreck

Lula councilwoman dies following Jan. 10 wreck

Longtime Lula Councilwoman Vicky Chambers, who was injured in a Jan. 10 wreck in East Hall County, died Thursday.

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